LGBT The Best Gay Authors  

Ron Garcia
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List Rules List includes known gay authors, living or dead—can be novelists, short story or film writers, poets, etc. Vote on the merits of their work

Who are the most famous gay writers in history? This list contains over 200 of the most notable gay writers ever, with photos where available. Some of the literary world's best talent has come from gay writers. The best gay authors may or may not choose to speak openly about their sexuality and tackle it as a theme in their writing or in their books. The LGBT community has contributed wonderful pieces of writingfrom poems and novels to fantastic journalismand many gay writers of the 20th century, like Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams, are studied in school and revered for their work.

Who are the most famous gay and lesbian authors? This list includes authors from ancient times to modern day, famous gay poets, novelists, screenplay writers and LGBT authors. Some on the list may not be considered "gay" by modern terms as cultures have changed throughout the centuries. Others were out and proud and used their unique experience to create some of the best gay literature of all time. That said, regardless of their era in antiquity, these gay authors have all expressed interest in same-sex relations.
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Albert Russo is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Gay Authors
AdamAngel added Albert Russo Mixed Blood, The Black Ancestor, L'Amant de mon Père

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Clive Barker is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Gay Authors
dennisluccio added Clive Barker The Damnation Game, The Thief of Always, The Hellbound Heart

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Chuck Palahniuk is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club, Haunted, Choke

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Gay Authors
soxcat added Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar, The Colossus and Other Poems, Ariel

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André Gide is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Gay Authors
André Gide The Counterfeiters, The Immoralist, Strait Is the Gate

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Patricia Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Gay Authors
jobill added Patricia Cornwell The Last Precinct, Trace, Cause of Death

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Paul Bowles is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky, Pages from Cold Point, A hundred camels in the courtyard

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Thomas Mann is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Thomas Mann The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice, The Tables of the Law

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Marquis de Sade is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Gay Authors

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Dorothy Allison is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Dorothy Allison Bastard out of Carolina, Skin: Talking About Sex^! Class And Literature, Trash

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Catullus is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Catullus The Student's Catullus, Poesías, Leben^! Lieben^! Leiden. Catulls Lesbia- Gedichte Mit Begleittexten

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Michelangelo Complete poems and selected letters, Il carteggio di Michelangelo, Rime e lettere

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Mary Renault is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Mary Renault The Bull from the Sea, The King Must Die, Fire from Heaven

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Paul Monette is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Paul Monette Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, Sanctuary: A Tale of Life in the Woods, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

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Henry James is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Henry James The Turn of the Screw, The Bostonians, The Wings of the Dove

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Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Elizabeth Bishop Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, One Art, Elizabeth Bishop: Poems

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Wilfred Owen is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Wilfred Owen Poets of the Great War Cassette set, Poems of Wilfred Owen, War Poems and Others

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George Gordon Byron is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Gay Authors
George Gordon Byron Don Juan, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Manfred

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Joe Orton is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Joe Orton Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Visitors, The boy hairdresser

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June Jordan is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Gay Authors
June Jordan Soldier: A Poet's Childhood, Affirmative acts, Kissing God goodbye

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Virgil is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Virgil Aeneid, Eclogues, The Georgics

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Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Frank O'Hara The Collected Works of Frank O'Hara, Poems from the Tibor de Nagy editions^! 1952-1966, Invitation to the theater

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Sara Teasdale is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sara Teasdale Helen of Troy and Other Poems, Love Songs, Flame and Shadow

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Thornton Wilder The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Theophilus North, Our Town

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John Donne is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Gay Authors
John Donne Holy Sonnets, The Love Poems of John Donne, Pseudo-Martyr

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Ten... is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson Maud and other poems, Enoch Arden, Idylls of the King

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Violette Leduc is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Violette Leduc La bâtarde, Folie en tête, L'Asphyxie

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Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Camille Paglia Sexual Personae, Vamps & Tramps, The Birds

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Gerard Manley Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gerard Manley Hopkins The Wreck of the Deutschland, Poems and Prose, Hopkins

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Radclyffe Hall is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Radclyffe Hall The Well of Loneliness, A Saturday Life, Adam's breed

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Essex Hemphill is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Essex Hemphill Ceremonies

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John Rechy is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Gay Authors
John Rechy City of Night, The Sexual Outlaw, Gay Roots: 20 Years of Gay Sunshine - An Anthology of Gay History

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Marguerite Yourcenar is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Marguerite Yourcenar Memoirs of Hadrian, Oriental Tales, Fires

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Terrence McNally is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Terrence McNally Catch Me If You Can, The Full Monty, Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Ludwig Wittgenstein is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations, On Certainty, Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough

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Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Larry Kramer The Normal Heart, The Destiny of Me, Faggots

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Susan Sontag is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Susan Sontag Under the Sign of Saturn, Against Interpretation, In America

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Honoré de Balzac is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Honoré de Balzac Cousin Bette, The Quest of the Absolute, Ursule Mirouët

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Randy Shilts is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Randy Shilts And the Band Played On, The Mayor of Castro Street, Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the US Military

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Joe Keenan is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Gay Authors
mixmaster reid added Joe Keenan Putting on the Ritz, My Lucky Star, X27 Putting on the Ritz Dumpbin

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Augusten Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Gay Authors
BlueSpongeRun added Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors, Dry, Possible Side Effects

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William Carlos Williams is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Gay Authors
William Carlos Williams Sour Grapes, In the American Grain, Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems

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John Milton is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Gay Authors
John Milton Paradise Lost, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Areopagitica

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Djuna Barnes is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Djuna Barnes Nightwood, Le Bois de la nuit, Ladies Almanack

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Bil Wright is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Gay Authors
mixmaster reid added Bil Wright One foot in love, This One Girl's Story, Sunday you learn how to box - "Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy"

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Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Pier Paolo Pasolini Ragazzi di vita, Alì dagli occhi azzurri, A violent life

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Felice Picano is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Gay Authors
mixmaster reid added Felice Picano The lure, An Asian minor, Ambidextrous

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Ned Rorem is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Ned Rorem Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, Knowing When to Stop: A Memoir, Miss Julie

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John Cheever is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Gay Authors
John Cheever Falconer, The Wapshot Chronicle, The Wapshot Scandal

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David Charles Manners is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Gay Authors